Saturday, May 24, 2008

Amazon Kindle Final Review

kindle Well, I've had adequate time to spend with the Kindle by Amazon.  My impressions?  Glad you asked...

  • Screen - Amazingly clear.  Uses electronic paper technology to save battery life and create a very beautiful screen view.  The way I understand it, the screen uses power only to create the image of the page and then requires no more power.  The only drawback is that screen is not backlit, but then I don't know of a book that is either.  Using any kind of light to read is completely adequate.
  • Battery life - Outstanding.  This is due to the screen not using much juice since it isn't backlit.  The device connects via Sprint's EvDO high speed wireless network and you can extend the battery life even more if you turn that off.
  • Usability - I never thought a device could work like a book.  I'm as digital as they come, and I had my doubts.  I doubt no more.  It feels like a book, it reads like a book, it's portable like a book.
  • Advantages over paper books - In this age of instant electronic gratification, the Kindle really shines.  With my busy schedule I don't have a lot of time to head over to the local brick and mortar stores (and there are a couple of them pretty close to my home) to pick up a book.  Being able to browse/search the available titles and then have them on the device (via the aforementioned Sprint EvDO network) is a phenomenal time saver.  On more than one occasion lately I've had someone suggest a title to me and I've downloaded it on the spot.  In a word "amazing".
  • Drawbacks - Truly only one that I can think of and that is price.  At $399 the device is a little steep.  Of course as it grows in popularity this will come down.

Overall, if you are like me and too busy/lazy to hit the stores, but you love to read, the Amazon Kindle is a highly recommended piece of the technology puzzle.  With my crazy travel schedule, I'll never be without it.  The ability to get a book anywhere I go is just more fuel for my instant gratification furnace.

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